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How to Get Started with Entrepreneurship Education

How to Get Started with Entrepreneurship Education

By
Stephen Carter
January 8, 2024
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Are You Biased for Action?  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

In addition to developing an entrepreneurship and sustainability program over the last ten years at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, I’ve also worked with school leaders around the nation to launch similar programs and have come to understand that there are a few basic requirements to get started.

First, you need a point person. Someone at the school must spearhead the program by teaching the foundations class, overseeing the initial business, and hyping the program to students, parents, and donors. This person is usually a current teacher. Look for someone who is a go-getter, who is beloved by students, and who embodies the role of an impact player. The teacher’s current subject matter is far less important than the teacher’s mindset—if they demonstrate growth mindset and grit, then the program is sure to take off.

Next, you need a plan. Don’t just consider the short-term programming; instead, focus on the long-term goals of the program and how it will grow over the next three to five years. If you plan now for multiple classes and several businesses, it will be easier to expand when the time comes. Consider the layout of the class, the curriculum to be taught, and the launch of the initial business.

Finally, you need funding. While the program will, in the long-term, return far more to the school financially through revenue streams and increased enrollment, there is initial start-up cost involved. Don’t skimp on this part—while the start can be as lean as possible, there must still be room to cover expenses.

Once you have these three things in place (the person, the plan, the money) then you are ready to advertise this program to a key group of students. Look for a group of eight to twelves students to spearhead the program and launch the first business—you don’t want to start with a massive group but rather start small to build the excitement.

If you’re looking for help to find the point person, clarify the plan, or put other pieces in place, reach out—I’m here to ensure the success of your launch.

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